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Oct 09 2017

Launch of the R32 million Wittekleibosch Dairy Project

The Eastern Cape MEC for Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, Mlibo Qoboshiyane together with Koukamma Local Municipality Mayor Sam Vuso officially opened a brand new dairy at Tsitsikamma on the 21 September 2017.

Government injected R32 million to construct the new dairy with state of the art dairy parlour machinery milking about 66 cows at a time and yielding the owners 16 000 litres of milk daily which is sold to Parmalat.

At the height of apartheid about 152 families from Tsitsikamma were forcefully removed from their land which includes the 650ha Wittekleibosch farm and surrounding farms. When the land was handed over in 1994 they formed a partnership with a dairy farmer John Du Plessis to continue dairy farming in the area, forming a commercial trading entity known as the Wittekleibosch Development Trust. The dairy farm has created 24 permanent jobs for the communities.

 

Feb 01 2017

Wittekleibosch Dairy Farm

 Government Invests 32million to boost production at the Wittekleibosch Dairy Farm.

32 million has been invested by the Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform for the construction of a rotary dairy parlour equipped with 66points together with a feeding system, handling facilities and a waste management system at the Wittekleibosch farm in the Koukamma Local Municipality. This was announced by the Eastern Cape MEC for Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, Mlibo Qoboshiyane at a sod-turning event on the 4th of October 2016 in the presence of Koukamma Mayor Sam Vuso, Municipal Manager Sabelo Nkuhlu and various stakeholders including members of the community. “The facilities at the farm currently are depleted and do not have enough capacity to milk 1 100 heifers hence there was a need for this kind of investment from the government.  The government also believes that as a result of this investment – output and revenue will be increased as this is also government’s way of creating more jobs in the area,” said Qoboshiyane.

This is the first land claim to be settled by government under the Land Claims Restitution Act of 1994, Wittekleibosch is part owned by the Wittekleibosch Development Trust (WDT) which represents 152 families of the Amamfengu tribe who were forcefully removed by the apartheid regime between 1977 and 1978. Through a joint venture between WDT which uses land as the asset for the agreement and commercial dairy farming brothers Johan and Willie du Plessis, and the Wittekleibosch farm sells the 6.2million litres of milk it produces to Parmalat.

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